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John Lundstram: Sheffield United midfielder rejects new contract

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder says it is “frustrating” after midfielder John Lundstram rejected a new contract offer.Lundstram, 26, is in the final year of his current deal and is now set to leave Bramall Lane.He has started all six of the club…

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Who are Dundalk, Arsenal’s first opponents from Republic of Ireland?

Arsenal will face a side from the Republic of Ireland in a competitive game for the first time on Thursday.But how did Dundalk FC, a team managed by an unknown Italian who does not yet have a Uefa Pro Licence, manage to reach the Europa League group st…

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Marcus Rashford: Man Utd striker scores hat-trick after 1m signatures

Marcus Rashford has been the talk of the country off the pitch and once again displayed his prowess on it.In a week when the England international has rallied support in his bid to take on the government in the fight to provide free meals for deprived …

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Frank Lampard: ‘I always have Roman Abramovich’s support, says Chelsea boss

Frank Lampard says he “always feels the support” of Roman Abramovich after the owner’s rare appearance at Chelsea’s 4-0 win away to FK Krasnodar in Russia.Chelsea owner Abramovich has been unable to attend matches at Stamford Bridge in recent times bec…

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Gareth Bale ‘can fly’ for Tottenham against Royal Antwerp, says Jose Mourinho

Gareth Bale will start against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League, with manager Jose Mourinho saying “hopefully he can fly”.”Bale is playing and we all have not just the feeling, but also the data that Bale is arriving,” Mourinho said.”He is improving,…

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Gareth Bale ‘can fly’ for Tottenham against Royal Antwerp, says Jose Mourinho

Gareth Bale will start against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League, with manager Jose Mourinho saying “hopefully he can fly”.”Bale is playing and we all have not just the feeling, but also the data that Bale is arriving,” Mourinho said.”He is improving,…

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Istanbul Basaksehir 0-2 Paris St-Germain: Moise Kean scores double

Everton forward Moise Kean scored twice as Paris St-Germain recovered from losing Neymar to injury to beat Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.PSG were not at their best but went ahead in the second half when Kean, on loan from the Toffees, hea…

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FK Krasnodar 0-4 Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic strikes put seal on emphatic win

Hakim Ziyech scored his first Chelsea goal as Frank Lampard’s side picked up three points in an emphatic Champions League win in Russia.Ziyech, 27, swept in on his first start for the club to add to goals from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Christ…

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Man Utd: Old Trafford modified to hold 23,500 socially distanced fans

Manchester United have modified Old Trafford to accommodate 23,500 socially distanced spectators, and say they are “bemused” by the ongoing ban on fans at stadiums.The government had proposed crowds be gradually reintroduced from the start of October b…

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Man Utd: Old Trafford modified to hold 23,500 socially distanced fans

Manchester United have modified Old Trafford to accommodate 23,500 socially distanced spectators, and say they are “bemused” by the ongoing ban on fans at stadiums.The government had proposed crowds be gradually reintroduced from the start of October b…

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European Super League: Fifa not aware of agreement for Barcelona to join

Fifa says it is not aware of any agreement for Barcelona to join a European Super League.Bartomeu stepped down, along with the entire board of directors, after facing increasing pressure from fans.Last week, BBC Sport revealed talks have taken place ov…

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FC Krasnodar: Chelsea’s Champions League opponents with the maverick owner

In the age of the super-club, the Champions League will arrive in rare new territory on Wednesday when Chelsea land in southern Russia.Their opponents are FC Krasnodar, upstarts by anyone’s measure, but this is a club with a uniquely compelling twist. …

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FC Krasnodar: Chelsea’s Champions League opponents with the maverick owner

In the age of the super-club, the Champions League will arrive in rare new territory on Wednesday when Chelsea land in southern Russia.Their opponents are FC Krasnodar, upstarts by anyone’s measure, but this is a club with a uniquely compelling twist. …

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Manchester City: How front three set tone for dominant Champions League display in Marseille

Manchester City have had plenty of problems to deal with in the opening weeks of the season so their performance in Tuesday’s win over Marseille was exactly what they needed.Some patchy form has seen City drop points in three of their first five Premie…

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool boss says Fabinho’s injury is a ‘shock for the team’

Fabinho’s injury is “exactly the last thing we needed”, said Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp after seeing the club’s defensive problems mount during the Champions League win over Midtjylland.The Brazilian joined Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip on the sideli…

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Liverpool 2-0 FC Midtjylland: Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah score in Reds win

Liverpool moved two points clear at the top of Group D with victory over Champions League rookies FC Midtjylland on a night their defensive problems mounted with the loss of Fabinho to injury.The Brazilian, who has slotted in alongside Joe Gomez in the…

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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Visitors ease to victory

Manchester City continued their perfect start to the Champions League group stage with a comfortable victory at Marseille.The visitors dominated from the outset, with Ferran Torres opening the scoring after Kevin de Bruyne got in behind the Marseille d…

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Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigns before no confidence vote

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has resigned following increasing fan pressure and a public fall-out with Lionel Messi.He fell out with forward Messi after the Argentina striker handed in a transfer request in August.His resignation comes thre…

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Wales 0-1 Norway: Frida Maanum goal books Norway’s place in Euro 2022

Wales’ hopes of reaching a first major finals suffered a blow as a 1-0 defeat by Norway took qualification out of their hands in the Welsh capital.A superb rearguard action saw Wales go into the break level at 0-0, but Frida Maanum’s firm finish from 2…

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European Championship qualifiers: Ten-woman Northern Ireland earn heroic 1-0 win in Belarus

Northern Ireland produced a heroic performance to win 1-0 in their European Championship qualifier in Belarus despite playing more than an hour of the game with 10 players.Goalkeeper Jacqueline Burns was sent-off in the 27th minute for bringing down An…